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Originally Posted by kakpoo View Post

I think with luxury goods, the anticipation is always the best part.  Savor this time and enjoy many happy hours of obsession.  Once you get the shoes and start wearing them, they'll just be things that you wear on your feet and take up closet space (and I mean that in the nicest, most respectful way)
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Clearly, you havn't been here long.

He's either an absolute rookie or possibly such a exhaustive big timer that nothing really matters any more. I suspect the former since he's still enjoying the expectation. Most real big timers are frustrated by that, not enjoying it.
post #707 of 811
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Originally Posted by kakpoo View Post

I think with luxury goods, the anticipation is always the best part.  Savor this time and enjoy many happy hours of obsession.  Once you get the shoes and start wearing them, they'll just be things that you wear on your feet and take up closet space (and I mean that in the nicest, most respectful way)

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I thought I would chime in on the "blue" porters as I recently received mine...Love 'em by the way!  These photos were snapped right before I scuffed the toe-cap while ascending a concrete staircase...I hate it when that happens!  These are stunning shoes and surprisingly comfortable so far.

 

 

Since there were some questions about the color, I thought I'd try to post some natural light "outdoor" pics with some black in the frame.  This first one is taken outdoors under an overcast sky with the shoes angled so they are not directly reflecting any of sky.  The black nylon strap of my bag is included in the frame to help illustrate the degree of "blue" that is noticeable compared to a true black.  As you can see, the blue is minimal in indirect natural light (in incandescent light the blue looks black, and they look black unless you are close up.  These pics were taken from a distance of 1&1/2 feet.)

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This photo has the shoe angled to reflect more of the light from the sky.  The blue is only slightly more visible from this angle.  

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How can I acquire these shoes...

post #709 of 811
Thread Starter 
You can contact me at dclewisfootwear@gmail.com

Thanks,
David
post #710 of 811
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Originally Posted by DC Lewis View Post

You can contact me at dclewisfootwear@gmail.com
Thanks,
David

any ETA on when some new shoes might be available? Looking forward to trying something on to judge the fit
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Originally Posted by Beatlegeuse View Post

any ETA on when some new shoes might be available? Looking forward to trying something on to judge the fit

They fit great

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They fit great
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Just need to make sure the width works as I have a narrow foot (TTS 12.5 with B or C width depending on the last). I think I can size down to a 12 and that may work. I have a pair of Kent Wang's benchgrade brown captoes in a 12 and those fit very well. If these are similar in fit, and I think they would be judging on the shape of the last, then I think a 12 should work for me.
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need more matthews!!!!!
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need more matthews!!!!!

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I can provide some comparison for you, as I just got DC Lewis Porters off the B&S and also have a narrow foot. In general, I'd say the DC Lewis on the 101 last fit true to size lengthwise, and are narrower than most width-wise.

For comparison, I measure an arch length between 11 and 11.5 C on a Brannock. Keep in mind the important measurement on a Brannock device (at least IMO) is the arch length slider, which measures your arch length from the ball of the foot to the heel. By the length indicator on the Brannock I'm close to a 12, but I've never bought a 12 that fit in my life. Toe boxes are longer today, so the overall length measurement on a Brannock is of little value (again, IMO)

Anyway, the following shoes, in my experience, fit about like the DC Lewis 101:

Lobb 7000 last in 10E is about the same length, but significantly wider. Same for The 8000 last in 10.5 E.

Alden Barrie in 10.5 C is about the same width, same arch length, shorter toe box.

Alden Aberdeen in 11D is a touch wider.

Corthay Arca 11 D is longer and wider. I know people report these shoes to be very narrow, but that was not my experience. I probably needed a 10.5 in the Arca.

EG size 10.5 E on the 888 is similar in length and width. Maybe I'm crazy, but the EGs seem slightly wider, or at least seem to have more volume in the instep.

Allen Edmonds "0" last (Evanston) in 11C is about the same as the DC Lewis 11D.

Other impressions (in case you are interested): The shoes are a good deal in this price point. I think the last is quite elegant, and is more of what you'd see on higher dollar shoes. I think most other brands in this price range are intended for a more mass market, and thus are more conservative. In that sense, you get something from DC Lewis style-wise that might otherwise be tough to find. Construction is very good, though I don't see the "extensive" handwork mentioned in other posts/threads. Caveat: Im not even sure what that means in the shoe context anyway - if you are running the shoe through a sewing machine by hand, is it handwork? My grandfather was a tailor, he and my grandmother did all the sewing themselves, and yet they used machines whenever possible. Still his stuff was unequivocally "handmade" but only the buttonholes, sleve attachment, and a few other things were "handwork.". So assuming handwork means "sewn by hand" I don't see it, and I can usually tell the difference.

IMO construction is superior to Alden - though I am notorious for bitching about Alden's uneven quality, and I've only seen one pair of DC Lewis. On average, across many shoes, Alden might be better (but I doubt it).

Materials I'm not so impressed with - the uppers seem fine for this price range - comparable to C&J, better than AE. Hard to compare with Alden since their leather is all over the place. Generally, I'd say Alden's leather is slightly higher quality. Soles seem very "light" for goodyear welted shoes - just not all that substantial. The beveled waist / fiddle back is pretty rough hewn. On the other hand, you don't normally see that feature on shoes in this price range.

Overall it's a pretty lightweight shoe, which makes me wonder where the missing ounces come from. We'll see how they wear.

Overall, I'd say DC Lewis is a very solid value in this price range. Style-wise, you will find very little that's comparable. Construction wise, they compare favorably. Materials-wise, they run with the pack. I'll be buying more, provided they don't completely fall apart in a few months.
post #716 of 811
^ thanks for the review, that is hugely helpful. So you said 10.5C in Alden Barrie was pretty similar to 11D in the Porter, only with a shorter toe box. I had an Alden LWB in 12C, but it was still a little too roomy width-wise on my foot (have a new LWB in 12B on the way), so I'm hoping the 12D in the 101 last will fit me better. I think if I sized up to 12.5 (not sure if that is even offered), the shoe would most likely be too big overall. I think the 102 is a sleeker last than the 101 too, so there's a chance that may end up working out better for me. I'd have to try both to figure out which fits better.
post #717 of 811
I wear 10.5US/11DUS. My Porters are called 10UK and 11D US and that is what I fit best and these seems to fit those dimensions.
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One of the orders from the first offerings, still looking good after more than a year





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Fall Spectator Anyone?


From now on, stock shoes will be for sale by Kent Wang ( WWW.KENTWANG.COM/SHOES) under the handgrade section.
Expecting a very large order sometime in the near future!
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